Here are a few tips to find the ideal neighborhood:
Start your ideal neighborhood search checking out online sites like RealtyTrac’s Neighborhood Search for neighborhood information and statistics.
Contact a local real estate agent and request neighborhood information. Ask the agent: What is the median sales price? How long do homes stay on the market?
Contact the homeowner’s association and request information.
Talk with homeowners in the neighborhood you’re looking at. Ask the homeowners about the schools, the neighborhood, crime, traffic, noise and other issues.
Visit the neighborhood at different times of the day. On the weekdays, visit the neighborhood in the morning and the evening. Is there traffic noise? Is the neighborhood mostly families with children or retirees?
After you have collected the neighborhood information, review all the material. Finding the ideal neighborhood takes time and commitment. Homebuyers want to thoroughly check out a neighborhood before spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on a home. So before you write an offer on any property, do a little homework so you can find that perfect neighborhood.
Once you’ve prioritized all your neighborhood amenities and features, you’ll find it’s much easier to focus your home search. Remember, the neighborhood is usually as important to the value of a home as what’s under its roof.